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July 24, 2017

Big Reasons to Celebrate in Ethiopia!

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Lifesong School in Ethiopia recently ended for the summer, and that means one thing: Celebration! First, the annual preschool/kindergarten graduation ceremony brimmed with hope as a new class accepted their diplomas. These students represent the future of Ethiopia as well as Lifesong School. We rejoice to see what each child’s future holds.  Second, in addition to the annual kindergarten/preschool graduation ceremony, students in every grade celebrated the end to another excellent year. The kids did very well on their exams–receiving some of the highest scores in the city as compared to fellow schools. These students are dedicated, and they have taken a deep interest in their studies.    A final reason to celebrate! We are grateful to faithful sponsors whose monthly support provides the students with two daily meals and a quality education. For many students, this sponsorship is the difference between a bright future or no future at all. Good news: ALL of the students … Continue reading

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July 21, 2017

Here’s the Best Thing about Foster Care | Family Friday

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Adoption Day was such a milestone for our family. What people may not realize is that as foster families and for us in particular, we had been her foster family for 819 days. That is 819 days of court visits, social worker calls, impromptu social worker visits, daily logs to fill out, endless amounts of paper work, and the list goes on and on. So for us, adoption day meant the culmination of so many things–it wasn’t just us adopting our daughter, but it also meant we could finally take a breath. We became foster parents because God prompted us through a sermon series at our church called “Outlive Your Life.” We became licensed and got our first placement, a 12-year-old boy in 2013. He was reunified and we then said “yes” to other placements. Eventually, we said yes to a 5-month-old girl in the early part of 2014. Her adoption … Continue reading

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July 18, 2017

Meet Charity: Future World Changer

  Charity could never have guessed all that God had planned for her life when she first began attending Lifesong School in Garneton, Zambia. Though she was just a little girl in primary school, she was already well-acquainted with heartache and struggle. Her dad lost his job, for instance, and he could no longer provide for the family. Additionally, she had to move out of her parents’ home and live with her sister who was already a busy wife and mom. Despite the best efforts of a family who loved each other, life wasn’t easy and daily needs went unmet. Charity heard about a school in Garneton with a reputation for offering a good education and she wanted to attend. She hoped Lifesong School might be the ticket she needed to pursue a brighter future. So she applied, was accepted, and willingly walked the hour and a half each way to attend classes. When she arrived–without shoes, books, or … Continue reading

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July 14, 2017

Adoption After Haunting Days of Doubt | Family Friday

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When we stepped into our season of adoption, we were a family of 3 with a recent experience of pregnancy loss–and hearts that had been amplified towards the fight for the unborn because of it. Adoption wasn’t a way to get a baby for our family, but a desire and hope to be used by God as an answer for another. Sounds heroic and amazing, but we’re not. He is. He’s the heart-changer and passion-giver. But when we got into the reality of infant domestic adoption, we quickly felt out of place as we were surrounded by beautiful sweet couples struggling with the painful road of infertility. They were trusting God to grow their family through adoption, and I had many moments of doubt as I feared getting in their way. I also quickly learned another reality that brought more haunting days of doubt. As we watched multiple babies be … Continue reading

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July 11, 2017

Summer Camp in 7 Exciting Photos | Ukraine Update

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Summer presents many unique opportunities here and around the world for Christians to share the Gospel with kids in need. For teams in Ukraine, this is no exception. With Constant Christian Presence (CCP) programs, multiple farm sites, and summer-specific camp ministries, the teams in Ukraine spend the hot summer months in joyful, busy service taking the love of Christ to the fatherless. Here are some recent photos from Lifesong Camp in Ukraine, where 50 children gathered in one place from orphanages in 4 different regions. The campers had a wonderful opportunity to build friendships with other kids they might otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet. And because of shared experiences and similar life stories, they were able to bond and build memories that will last a lifetime. Even more exciting? Together, they were able to learn about Jesus in a loving, Christian environment. Through daily, practical study of the Bible, these precious kids got … Continue reading

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July 7, 2017

What God Can Do with Adoption Loss | Family Friday

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Adoption is never easy. This is very much the case in our story. In January of 2016 we brought home a beautiful baby girl after spending 3 days in the hospital with her. Later that night, we got the phone call that the mother had changed her mind. We took that baby and dropped her off at a hotel … devastated and angry, with so many questions and no answers. We quickly realized what had happened was a “God thing.” It was God telling us to stop being selfish. To let Him take control. This seemed so hard, but we started going to church, became members of a church, and completely changed our lifestyle.  We grieved. After a few months of grieving, we joined with Faithful Consultants out of Atlanta, and within a few days we were matched. We started doing all we could do to fundraise. This adoption was going … Continue reading

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July 5, 2017

22 Adoption Summer Fundraising Ideas

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Brighter days and warmer weather are ideal for these adoption fundraising ideas. Use this list (or pass it along to willing friends and family asking how to help!)– To sell: Have a garage sale. Summer is garage sale season, and especially if you rally friends and family to contribute to your sale stash (think: community yard sale), you can bring in hundreds of dollars. Sell Gobena Coffee. Sell delicious, ethically sourced coffee … and keep 50% of the profits. Host a chili cook-off. Take advantage of cook-out season by enlisting friends in the community to participate in a cook-off. Sell tickets. Pair it with a silent auction or raffle. Don’t like chili? Have a bake-off! Encourage your kids (or your friends’ kids) to sell lemonade. Involve children in preparing for your adoption. Not only are kids effective salespeople, but they will also be impacted by the adoption process. Raise some dough. Host your own Krispy Kreme (or another favorite donut) … Continue reading

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